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Boer Jan

Boer Jan

I would like the link to that ISIS page, do someone have it?

04/10/2017

Andrew Scicluna

Andrew Scicluna

Thank you for my mistake, I wanted to say fort Ricasoli where there is the oil tanking facility polluting the whole area.Not far away from the rinella fort.

01/11/2017

Anastasia Steele

Anastasia Steele

I expect a lot of funding went into the restoration of Fort St Angelo, everything takes time and money, sadly Delimara is running out of time.

01/11/2017

Gerald Goodwin

Gerald Goodwin

I share your hopes and prayers.

01/11/2017

Gerald Goodwin

Gerald Goodwin

Agree, but if heratige Malta has taken the care of it , why has it been left closed ??

01/11/2017

Emmanuel Marmara

Emmanuel Marmara

You're one of those as..Ho..s

01/11/2017

Gerald Goodwin

Gerald Goodwin

There is another in Zonqor, last I head it was being used as Pig farm , lke delimara was, such places would be excellent tourist attractions, IF looked after. Lest we forget, what of the Tower that looks over masaxlock bay, which was given the green light in the Mintoff era to be used, and still is, as a fish farm, which was built by the Knights, even longer than before delimara fort.

01/11/2017

Gerald Goodwin

Gerald Goodwin

Where was George being Political in his comment ?? and I agree with him.

01/11/2017

Gerald Goodwin

Gerald Goodwin

IF Heratige Malta has taken over this fort, why is it in this condition and WHY has this fort never been opened to the public. This is not the only fort in this condition and there are others in far worse states and still many others that have been taken over by members of the public , in the past, and now state "NO ENTRY, PRIVATE PROPERTY" on the gates, Yet legaly speaking, they are all public lands, and as such , should be taken back, cleaned up and for a small fee, opened up to the public, as these are as much Malta's heratige as are the fortifications around Valletta.

01/11/2017

dborg

dborg

He couldn't do much worse could he?

01/11/2017

Edwin De Marco

Edwin De Marco

It’s too busy in Rabat, searching for caves & bones beneath the soil!

01/11/2017

Dr Roger Vella Bonavita

Dr Roger Vella Bonavita

Andrew, Rinella Battery is in superb condition having been very well restored and looked after by Wirt Artna. You should go there; you will be amazed.

01/11/2017

Terence Magri

Terence Magri

Just because he mentioned surplus? I will join in and agree with George... yes use some of that surplus money to restore and mantain not only this site but others as well !!

01/11/2017

Malcolm Mifsud

Malcolm Mifsud

Because Valletta, Manoel Island, Mdina and Cottonera only pull the crowds here. Shame.

01/11/2017

Andrew Scicluna

Andrew Scicluna

The same for Fort Rinella left in a very bad state , hope who is responsible for these sites wake up before it will be late, could be changed into a tourist attraction for both sites.

01/11/2017

Ms Gunilla

Ms Gunilla

Nice photos from inside. I would never crawl or climb there, so it's a good contribution from URBEX. Thankx from a trekking and photo enthusiast in Qawra

01/11/2017

mXuereb

mXuereb

At least this fort can still be restored unlike Fort Chambrai in Ghajnsielem which is a hundred years older and now in private hands. How can our governments sell historic sites to private developers?. More over the fort is in deplorable state, the promised hotel that will employ hundreds of locals is still non existent and culturally significant areas of the fort have now been forever lost under the tread marks of bulldozers. And we Ghajnselmizi can only watch from a distant as our beloved fort is raped from within, consumed by greed and "luxary" apartments.

01/11/2017

Anthony DeGiovanni

Anthony DeGiovanni

Not being government does not preclude M.Vassallo from turning himself from arm critic of governments to activist and contributor raising funds with the aim of the difficult task of reversing cliff erosion.

01/11/2017

Anthony DeGiovanni

Anthony DeGiovanni

The main problem of this fort is not lack of maintenance nor the extensive vandalism which continuously reverses whatever restorations are done. The real problem is the fast eroding soft tufa cliff underneath due to incessant sea action.

01/11/2017

Ruth Klotzer

Ruth Klotzer

Are you serious? And do what? Build a block of slums like we have got all over Malta? That would really attract tourists. Shame.

01/11/2017

Dr Roger Vella Bonavita

Dr Roger Vella Bonavita

The Nationalist and Labour governments which took possession of forts and other properties and lands as these were relinquished by the British did little to protect and preserve most of them - not even providing watchmen. A few were saved however: Fort Rocco was leased to Malta Film Facilities which also leased Rinella Battery. Forts Mosta and Madliena were taken over by the Malta Defence Force, Sliema Point Battery was turned into a restaurant, Fort St Lucien was leased to the University and Lascaris Battery became the Ministry of Education. Steps were taken to turn St Angelo into a hotel - a project which fortunately came to nothing though much damage was done to the lower parts of this iconic fortress. The Lintorn Barracks in Floriana became public service offices as did other buildings along the Valletta and Floriana fortifications. The Vernon Club was handed to the Central bank. Upper St Elmo housed the Police Academy while a radio station operated from (the now once more abandoned) Tas-Silc Battery, the Labour Party turned one of the bastions of Senglea into its headquarters. But sadly much was lost and degraded by neglect, vandalism, ignorance and improper usage. The criterion adopted was that unless a site could provide a useful service, nothing would be done to protect it. The development of tourism as a major industry and (it must be said) the vast improvements in the general level of education of the people as a whole, brought with it a reappraisal and enhanced appreciation of Malta's (and Gozo's) heritage by our (national and local) elected representatives, the public service and the general public. But it was our entry to the EU - and the funding of heritage projects which followed - that led to the spectacular (even breath taking) restoration projects of recent years and these have been supplemented by active heritage groups who undertake significant works of restoration on a scale unheard of in the past. While it is true that much has been irretrievably lost to the built and un-built environments, it is clear that there will be more and more major restoration and conservation projects. By any standards Malta has done very well in this field. It is my hope and prayer that (at the very least) Forts Ricasoli, Leonardo and Bingemma will be saved and that careful planning will lead to the rehabilitation of the entire Cottonera lines and the British retrenchment lines.

01/11/2017

Anastasia Steele

Anastasia Steele

Philistine, It's part of history. It needs restoration not demolishing.

01/11/2017

Anastasia Steele

Anastasia Steele

Trespassing is still trespassing ... if you can't get in with permission - stay out!

01/11/2017

robert morrison

robert morrison

Should be housing. Not all the forts can be tourist venues. Malta has many forts but portsmouth , Gosport and their inland hills have 20 times more crusty old forts. look at http://www.fortgilkicker.com/

01/11/2017

robert morrison

robert morrison

You cant knock it down. British masonry is too hard and was built to last. The iron gun worth about 5000 euors in scrap is too heavy for maltese scrap thieves to lift. Built to last , to keep out french and italian marauders. But like so many things the poor old fort can be undermined with the soft flakey Maltese bedrock. It dissolves in the sea like a sugar cube. Washed away swept away.

01/11/2017

Pavlaki Panoaroditis

Pavlaki Panoaroditis

Is M. Vassallo the government?

31/10/2017

Mai Attard

Mai Attard

The government of the time? You forgot the renovation of St Angelo in 2015? Infamous sale of passports? You know pretty well that the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, Austria, Portugal, Cyprus and 22 other countries have similar schemes of what you term "selling passports". These countries have similar INVESTMENT PROGRAMMES. What a loser, fake comments and poor minds. Get a life Pamela Malone.

31/10/2017

Mai Attard

Mai Attard

George, can we be less political please?

31/10/2017

Mai Attard

Mai Attard

What a gem! Can't we spare some funds to restore it and thus securing Malta's heritage? The responsible authorities should act immediately.

31/10/2017

Brian Borg

Brian Borg

Yeah...great spot for some 'luxury' sea facing apartments!

31/10/2017

Pamela Malone

Pamela Malone

The fort's use as a pigsty was symptomatic of how Malta's historical heritage, particularly that dating back to the British period, was treated by the government of the time. Restoration is a very expensive business but future generations, apart from the present one, have a right to inherit what has been handed down to us. Perhaps a part of the income from the infamous sale of passports could be set aside for this purpose and somewhat redeem it.

31/10/2017

Jeffrey Mallia

Jeffrey Mallia

I think it would be a good idea leasing this gem to private investors...

31/10/2017

Michael Debono

Michael Debono

Probably just as well as I'm sure the vulture developers would have got there greedy hands on it

31/10/2017

linda&terry alcock

linda&terry alcock

Why, can you do any better ?

31/10/2017

Anthony Pule

Anthony Pule

What a pity. We have so much heritage to share and treasure but we are leaving them to roth ! (same as fort Ricasoli in Kalkara and the one in Zabbar outskirts) Where is Heritage Malta? Could be turned into a beautiful tourist site and another place to visit.

31/10/2017

Carlo Brown

Carlo Brown

Only one word "Shame".

31/10/2017

Toni Abela

Toni Abela

A crumbling piece of history..... is a crumbling part of ourselves. What a pity!

31/10/2017

John Zammit

John Zammit

knock it down

31/10/2017

George Briffa

George Briffa

You cannot be serous. This should be one hell of a tourist attraction....... it is what make Malta and very surprised World Heritage hasn't stepped in. Come on use some of that surplus money the government boosted about to restore and maintain the site. Entrance money should subsidise its upkeep.

31/10/2017

Robin Vella

Robin Vella

The whole Delimara area, even with the blessed power station, could be a beautiful park with this fort at its main attraction as well as the nearby Tas Silg archaeological site. I am not even sure who owns the large abandoned grounds of the old Deutsche Wella station - the government? Instead the inevitable ‘hut dwellers’ and trappers claim it as theirs......and there is a proposal for a hotel even here..

31/10/2017

M.Vassallo

M.Vassallo

Shame on our governments!

31/10/2017